Abnormal Psychology Project

Avoidant Personality Disorder

Description

These people constantly believe they aren't socially accepted, are lesser than others and are afraid of being criticized or rejected. They avoid meeting or talking to new people unless they are sure the person/ people will accept them.

Symptoms

Sensitivity to criticism and disapproval

Lack of confidence

No close friends and avoids socializing

Avoiding activities and jobs where you have to interact with people

Shy and afraid of acting ''wrong'' in social situations

Believing they are socially inept and are unappealing

Very resistant in intimate relationships


Causes

The cause is unknown but could be linked to perceived rejection from parents and friends during childhood.

Treatments

Antidepressants to reduce their sensitivity to rejection and counseling to try to help them with more long term results.
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